Riaan Cruywagen's Short Retirement
It was a big event: Riaan Cruywagen's final departure from the news desk.
Never would the news ever be the same again. Never would SABC TV ever be the same.
Some people said, "Riaan Cruywagen is leaving television in 2012, and they say the world is NOT ending??"
There were lots of tears, lots of emotions. The end of a television icon's career on television broke like a nostalgic vase never to be repaired again. A retirement so final, nothing is more final. Or something along those lines.
But then, scarcely a month or two later, Riaan Cruywagen is back on television. What a short retirement.
He's not back on SABC TV though. Was it becoming hell to work at the chaotic, corrupt ANC manipulated SABC?
Riaan Cruywagen insists that is not the case. He did not leave the SABC to go work at KykNET. He received a work offer from KykNET after he already retired from the SABC.
Scarcely a month from his very last news bulletin on SABC television on 26 November 2012, he received the offer to come work at KykNET. And, since he felt he had retired long enough and didn't know what to do with himself (about a month of retirement), he decided to accept.
I guess retirement ain't what it used to be.
His new job requires him to be informal and chatty, as opposed to 37 years of formal news reading. On the KykNET show Dagbreek, he'll be reading the news, interview guests and chat a lot.
Trivial Riaan Cruywagen facts:
His name is Riaan, and his wife is Riana. Riaan and Riana. They were made for each other :)
Since his retirement, Riaan and Riana use the crystal and silverware when they eat. According to Riaan, at 67, life is short - why keep the good stuff only for special occasions? It's made to enjoy.
Riaan can't dispose of sentimental things like cards and letters. He keeps it for his scrapbook. (Must be one thick scrapbook.)
Riaan doesn't let it go when his grandchildren mix their language - they must always be taught the correct words.
Riaan can make people laugh with a lot of stories and jokes. (Never inappropriate ones though.)
He will not be wearing a tie on the new job, something which people might not picture him without after 37 years of formal newsreading.